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Coming from one of the top producers of Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) this "entry level" Pinot is a spicy treat. With the chalky soils in the area, Becker produces some of Germany's finest Pinot Noir. Full of spicy strawberry and bright cherry fruit, just a hint of tobacco and a dusty earthiness and layers of subtle textures tell you that you paid way too little for this offering. Delicious on its own, but also complements heavier seafood, poultry and fine cuts of beef or game.
From the importer: "Pechstein means 'pitch stone'--like tar--and it refers to the igneous rock basalt that comprises this site. The topsoil consists of sandy-loam but the subsoil is dominated by basalt, shards of which are rements of the mines that used to exist here over a hundred years ago. It was thought back then that the dark rocks would retain the sun’s heat and ripen the grapes, and so they were intentionally scattered throughout the vineyard by hand. Now, with climate change, this man-made terroir intervention seems curious. This is decidedly... Read More »
Vinous: "Sourced from gentler, deeper-soiled sites east of Forst, in Ruppertsberg, Friedelsheim and Niederkirchen, this generic bottling is for some reason labeled 'Riesling Trocken Rural' in its home market. Salt-tinged bright citrus and apple are complemented by levity from just under 12% alcohol, leading to a mouthwatering and refreshing if simple and only modestly sustained finish. (Surprisingly, a fuller-bodied village-level Forster Riesling that includes fruit from some top sites and receives some time in cask struck me as less satisfying due to significant ...Read More »
From the Winning Estate; astoundingly complex, wild yet elegant and produced by means of a spontaneous fermentation in large wooden barrels.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Riesling Winnings, sourced from several vineyards in Forst and Deidesheim and exclusively produced for Terry Theise's Germany portfolio, is a Riesling rocket. Fermented at 25% in Doppelstücks (2,400-liter) and stainless steel, the wine opens clear with cool and refreshing aromatics, as well as flinty aromas on the nose. On the palate this is perfectly round, light and smooth, very juicy and lingering wine with a nicely salty finish showing the sensual side of Riesling, rather than the intellectual. Very well made – with the friendly help of Hans ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich, ripe and broad-textured, with an exotic caste to the flavors of roast pineapple, dried fig and dried mango. Very spicy midpalate, presenting notes of lemon meringue on the finish. Drink now through 2033. 200 cases made." (7/2015)
Inventory: San Francisco
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Clear, pure, deep and elegant, this wine has the smokehouse and sweet marjoram flavors that you can also pick up in the Riesling of this cru. The 2014 Im Sonnenschein Weisser Burgunder GG is a very elegant, juicy and aromatic Pinot Blanc with a nice juiciness, fruit intensity and a long, salty finish. The wine has more power and is richer and creamy at this early stage than the sibling from the Mandelberg, showing more tannins; it should be aged for at least another five years. If there is a Pinot Blanc in the Rebholz portfolio that could eventually gain ...Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
This bone-dry rosé from Ökonomierat Rebholz is born of limestone soils of the Pfalz. The grapes are 100% organic, and the estate never chapitalizes their wines at any pradikat level. The light salmon color is free run Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) juice which has bright natural acidity which will actually allow the wine to cellar for several years. From the importer: "Smoke, spicy flavor, with notes of fresh herbs and pomegranate aromas. Very elegant mineral notes, a very harmonious triad between fresh herbs, steamed garden vegetables and fresh apples. Mine... Read More »
Dr. Deinhard is part of the Von Winning winery, an acclaimed producer of dry Riesling in Pfalz. From the importer: "The fact that this estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines in Germany is no fluke, rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stefan Attman’s commitment to both dedicated cultivation of Deidesheim and Forst’s best sites and meticulous work in the cellar. Under the same ownership and winemaking team, the Dr. Deinhard label is designated for fruity styles vinified in stainless steel while the Von Winning label is reserved for th... Read More »
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91 points Vinous: "The nose is pungently assaulted by orange and lemon rinds, bruised apple, lavender and peat-like smokiness. Firmer in feel than its two immediate Grosses Gewächs siblings, this takes a stony, rather austere turn in its undeniably gripping and formidably piquant finish. The sense of palpable extract richness with buoyancy borne of modest alcohol is especially striking here. This definitely needs time. (DS)" (5/2016)
93-94 points Vinous: "Surprisingly floral for a Kalkofen Riesling, this leads with head-turning freesia and lavender perfume, behind which are intimations of white peach and passion fruit that then saturate a polished, almost plush palate. Sweet suggestions of almond paste enhance the mid-palate sense of richness, but brightly juicy white peach and grapefruit serve for consummate refreshment and floral-herbal impingements for invigoration in a seductively sustained finish. The chalk that is part of this site’s namesake may be implicated in its energetic finish, but there is n ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Herbal aromas of bosc pear, lemon oil and toasted nuts. Creamy in texture, with p ungent pit fruit flavors highlighted by salty mineral notes. Spicy acidity lends vivacity to the finish. Very classic in style, with noteworthy length. (JBP)" (1/2009) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Subtle flavors of apple, peach, pine, grapefruit and quinine mingle in this dry white. It starts out round, then the acidity firms up the finish; give it a little time to knit together. (Web Only-2009) (BS)"
Inventory: Main Warehouse